Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on April 7, 2021.
What are other common names?
- Ananas comosus
- Fruit Bromelain
- Pineapple Enzyme
- Pineapple Extract
- Plant Protease Concentrate
What is this product used for?
Bromelain is taken by some people to help with swelling in the nose and sinuses. Others use it to help the immune system work well. Using bromelain on the skin may help remove dead skin from burns.
What are the precautions when taking this product?
Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.
Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.
Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.
Take extra care if you are allergic to bee stings or foods like pineapple, papaya, or celery. Also, take extra care if you are allergic to cypress or olive tree pollens. You may also have problems if you are allergic to plants like ragweed, daisy, aster, marigolds, or chrysanthemums.
Take extra care if you are taking drugs for blood pressure called ACE inhibitors. These are drugs like captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil), and fosinopril (Monopril).
Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, or enoxaparin (Lovenox).
Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase (Activase), reteplase (Retevase), or streptokinase.
Take extra care if you are taking drugs to help with swelling or inflammation. These are drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Naprosyn).
Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:
Blood pressure problems
Problems with bleeding or clotting
What should I watch for?
When do I need to call the doctor?
Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.
Signs of low blood pressure like feeling dizzy, weak, or tired; fainting; more thirst; or skin that is pale, cool, and clammy.
Fast heart beat
Very bad throwing up
Very bad belly pain
Very bad loose stools
Bruising or bleeding that is not normal
Changes in menstrual periods like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles
Where can I learn more?
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
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